Student Conduct

Faculty-Student Resolutions

Optional, One-time Faculty-Student Resolution Process for Cases of Academic Dishonesty Involving Undergraduates
This option for resolving cases of academic dishonesty is reserved for first-time, minor infractions by Duke undergraduates. The faculty member must first contact the Office of Student Conduct to discuss the appropriateness of this option with respect to the nature of the offense, as well as to learn of any prior violations by the student. If there is no record of prior offenses and the case appears to be one that, if adjudicated by a hearing panel, would result in probation or a sanction less severe than probation, it may be resolved between the faculty member and the student. Otherwise, the case must be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct. 

A faculty-student resolution may result in a reduced grade on the assignment, a reduced grade in the course, additional assignments, and/or other educational initiatives. (The outcome must be agreed upon by both parties.) 

The faculty member must report the outcome(s) of a faculty-student resolution to the Office of Student Conduct for record keeping. This resolution will not become part of the student's external disciplinary record unless there is a second violation, at which time both cases will be noted on the student'€™s disciplinary record.

Process

  • The faculty member shall first contact the Office of Student Conduct to discuss the appropriateness of this option with respect to the nature of the offense, as well as to learn of any prior violations. Staff in the Office of Student Conduct may be reached at 919-684-6938.
  • If the student has no record of prior offenses and the case appears to be one that, if adjudicated by a hearing panel, would result in probation or a sanction less severe than probation, it may be resolved between the faculty member and the student.
  • The faculty member shall meet with the student and present any information relevant to the case.
  • The student shall have an opportunity to respond to the allegations.
  • If the faculty member believes that academic dishonesty has occurred, the faculty member should complete a Faculty-Student Resolution form , including the proposed outcome, and present this form to the student.
  • Upon receipt of the proposed resolution, the student has 96 hours to consider and seek advice on whether to admit responsibility and accept the resolution.
  • If the student accepts the resolution, she/he should sign the resolution form in the presence of the faculty member. The faculty member should then forward a copy of the form to the Office of Student Conduct (Box 90893).
  • If the student does not accept the proposed resolution, the faculty member should refer the case to the Office of Student Conduct.